I love the Holidays especially now that we’re within 10 days of my favorite, Christmas. Recently a really tough client of mine wrote me a letter expressing gratitude for our work together. Throughout the letter were expressions of gratitude, only one was an expression of gratitude toward work we had done with their team, the rest was gratitude for the work we had done, well, outside of work. You see, this client has discovered that the real meaning of opus is found in the combination of work and life. When we begin to love both work and life we can find ourselves, at least some of the time, not discerning where one begins and the other ends – they’ve simply integrated.
My client ended the letter with some really good truth. Let this in. “I would be lying if I said I love my work and this is truly my life’s purpose. I don’t know that to be true, nor do I know it to be false. I am still learning. But I no longer lead from a position of fear. My focus is on LOVE. And that small but significant change has made my life better. Thank you for making me do what I can.”
Today, leader, remember your job is to model the way, embrace pain and suffering, and embody truth in love. Love your team. Love your work. Love. One L of a difference, leader. One L of a difference.